Taught course

International Criminal Law and Security

University of Northampton · Division of Law

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good single honours degree. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements but have relevant professional and personal experience and the potential to achieve the academic standard are also encouraged to apply. Those who have successfully completed the Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course, or who are admitted as an advocate in a jurisdiction approved at the time by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for Registered Foreign Lawyers (RFL) Status may be eligible to apply for the LLM in Legal Practice.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

This course will develop analytical, evaluative and research skills and provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the tensions between security and human rights that exist in the contemporary UK, European and international legal frameworks. In particular you will consider how effectively human rights standards are protected both from an EU and global perspective and the response to the threat of terror and international crime in different jurisdictions.

You will also have the opportunity to probe in detail an area of particular interest when you produce your dissertation. You will be supported by experienced lecturers who use a range of innovative teaching methods, which will enhance your overall studies.

To be eligible for the award of LLM International Criminal Law and Security, you must successfully gain 180 credits from the above compulsory modules. If you must successfully gain 120 credits from the above but not including the Dissertation you would be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma, if you gain 60 credits not include the Dissertation you would be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate.

Course modules (16/17):

European Crime and Security (20 credits) - Core module Y

International Organised Crime (20 credits) - Core module Y

European and International Human Rights (20 credits) - Core module Y

National Security, Terrorism and the Rule of Law (20 credits) - Core module Y

Research Methods (20 credit modules) - Core module Y

Dissertation (60 credit) - Core module Y

Diversity, Migration and the Law - Core module Y

Research Methods - Core module N

Methods of Learning:

The LLM is offered for full time study over 12 months. The course is also available part time and via distance learning.

You will typically study three or four modules in each semester. This is followed by the dissertation period of 18 weeks.

This course is also available through distance learning, as well as taught at the University of Northampton. The distance learning element of the course delivery will vary module-by-module but typically includes podcasts of lectures combined with weekly or fortnightly online reading, exercises and discussions using a range of platforms, including blogs and discussion boards.

Where appropriate, PowerPoint slides will be available online at the same time as the lecture podcast. The readings will be in the form of links to online documents, case reports, book extracts or similar and will be available through online systems. Formative assessment is carried out regularly so that you can ensure on a regular basis that you are at the right place in the course. You will be allocated a personal tutor and will be able to arrange live one-to-one tutorial sessions using Skype or Google Hangouts as necessary.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1604 735500
+44 (0) 1604 713029